New look for Worcester's Foregate Street Bridge revealed

New look Foregate Street Bridge revealed

New look Foregate Street Bridge revealed

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PEOPLE have gained a first glimpse of Worcester’s gleaming railway bridge now beautifully restored to its former glory.

The Foregate Street Bridge once again returned to the limelight after spending many months hidden by scaffolding while the work to restore it was painstakingly carried out. An official opening ceremony will take place on Friday (February 22) at 11am attended by various dignitaries involved in the Network Rail project.

However, people were able to admire the good work today, completed successfully by civil engineering and rail specialists J Murphy & Sons Ltd on the bridge, which is grade two listed and dates back to 1860.

John Baker of Network Rail said: “We have preserved the bridge for many years to come and have restored it to its former glory.” Work included restoring the fractured cast iron fascia, replacing the bridge drainage system, restoring the steel girders and painting.

The £1.1 million Network Rail scheme was due to finish on August 31 last year but workmen found more corrosion than expected and a new timetable for the work had to be drawn up.

Network Rail also issued a statement thanking the people of Worcester ‘for their patience and understanding’ while the restoration work was carried out. A separate £785,000 revamp of Worcester Foregate Street railway station can now begin.

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7:01pm Fri 15 Feb 13

gmoore1207 says...

1.1 million with all the unemployment and people losing there houses its a disrace
1.1 million with all the unemployment and people losing there houses its a disrace gmoore1207
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7:02pm Fri 15 Feb 13

bmoc55 says...

Brilliant!!

Worth the wait.
Brilliant!! Worth the wait. bmoc55
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7:17pm Fri 15 Feb 13

chris4536 says...

Great to see finished restoration.
Great to see finished restoration. chris4536
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12:39pm Sat 16 Feb 13

chapski75 says...

gmoore1207 wrote:
1.1 million with all the unemployment and people losing there houses its a disrace
Just why would Network Rail spend £1.1million on solving unemployment and housing issues?? They are a private company (albeit a not for profit organisation) but their remit is to distribute the revenue they receive to maintain the railway infrastructure. The £1.1 million is not just a pretty paint job, you'd hope the artist signed it in the corner if that were the case!! It's an extensive refurbishment, the fact it now looks splendid as a result is a supplementary benefit to our City.
[quote][p][bold]gmoore1207[/bold] wrote: 1.1 million with all the unemployment and people losing there houses its a disrace[/p][/quote]Just why would Network Rail spend £1.1million on solving unemployment and housing issues?? They are a private company (albeit a not for profit organisation) but their remit is to distribute the revenue they receive to maintain the railway infrastructure. The £1.1 million is not just a pretty paint job, you'd hope the artist signed it in the corner if that were the case!! It's an extensive refurbishment, the fact it now looks splendid as a result is a supplementary benefit to our City. chapski75
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12:44pm Sat 16 Feb 13

CJH says...

I'm just disappointed that it's not painted gold. ;-)
I'm just disappointed that it's not painted gold. ;-) CJH
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2:40pm Sat 16 Feb 13

M@lvernite says...

gmoore1207 wrote:
1.1 million with all the unemployment and people losing there houses its a disrace
Presumably much of that £1.1m will have been spent on people to do the work. It may seem like a waste of money or "a disrace" to you, but to the employees of J Murphy & Sons Ltd and their families it helps to pay the mortgage.
[quote][p][bold]gmoore1207[/bold] wrote: 1.1 million with all the unemployment and people losing there houses its a disrace[/p][/quote]Presumably much of that £1.1m will have been spent on people to do the work. It may seem like a waste of money or "a disrace" to you, but to the employees of J Murphy & Sons Ltd and their families it helps to pay the mortgage. M@lvernite
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3:23pm Sat 16 Feb 13

catcostume says...

gmoore1207 wrote:
1.1 million with all the unemployment and people losing there houses its a disrace
What an incredibly stupid comment. Where do you think the money goes? There has been a large number of people involved in this project; network rail staff, project managers, structural engineers, contractors... the list goes on. A lot of jobs have relied upon this project over the last couple of years. It is great to see so much investment going into helping keep the railways safe and running so people can get to and from work safely and people are free to enjoy the rail industry in their (yes their, not 'there') leisure time, keeping a large amount of rail staff in employment.
[quote][p][bold]gmoore1207[/bold] wrote: 1.1 million with all the unemployment and people losing there houses its a disrace[/p][/quote]What an incredibly stupid comment. Where do you think the money goes? There has been a large number of people involved in this project; network rail staff, project managers, structural engineers, contractors... the list goes on. A lot of jobs have relied upon this project over the last couple of years. It is great to see so much investment going into helping keep the railways safe and running so people can get to and from work safely and people are free to enjoy the rail industry in their (yes their, not 'there') leisure time, keeping a large amount of rail staff in employment. catcostume
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5:00pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Doogie 46 says...

I guess the contract for refurbishing the bridge (great job by the way) saved the work crew from the job centre - surprised gmoore can`t see that.
I guess the contract for refurbishing the bridge (great job by the way) saved the work crew from the job centre - surprised gmoore can`t see that. Doogie 46
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6:28pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Windy Miller says...

This fine bridge was cast for the Great Western Company at Hardy and Padmores Worcester Foundry when it was owned by the Southall family.They had Southbank in Bath Road as the family home designed by the architect Sir Gilbert Scott and built by Spicers with the furnishings from Gillows of Lancaster. It was sadly demolished to make the nursing home.
This fine bridge was cast for the Great Western Company at Hardy and Padmores Worcester Foundry when it was owned by the Southall family.They had Southbank in Bath Road as the family home designed by the architect Sir Gilbert Scott and built by Spicers with the furnishings from Gillows of Lancaster. It was sadly demolished to make the nursing home. Windy Miller
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5:19pm Sun 17 Feb 13

Jabbadad says...

I also think the Bridge looks wonderful. How sad that it will be a backdrop for the returning Taxi's to park along the footpath and double yellow lines and in the Bus Stop forcing passengers to walk out into the middle of the road to board the buses.
Ignored of course by both the Traffic Wardens and Police who say it's not our problem.
I also think the Bridge looks wonderful. How sad that it will be a backdrop for the returning Taxi's to park along the footpath and double yellow lines and in the Bus Stop forcing passengers to walk out into the middle of the road to board the buses. Ignored of course by both the Traffic Wardens and Police who say it's not our problem. Jabbadad
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12:55am Mon 18 Feb 13

Lew Smoralz says...

The bridge looks great, and it really made my day to see it in all its original splendour. Congratulations to all involved.

In the end it was worth all the inconvenience and now all we need is a London train service that matches the grandeur of the bridge!
The bridge looks great, and it really made my day to see it in all its original splendour. Congratulations to all involved. In the end it was worth all the inconvenience and now all we need is a London train service that matches the grandeur of the bridge! Lew Smoralz
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10:28am Mon 18 Feb 13

Jabbadad says...

But Not the SP2.
But Not the SP2. Jabbadad
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11:06am Mon 18 Feb 13

CJH says...

Jabbadad wrote:
But Not the SP2.
Is that a Star Wars character?
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: But Not the SP2.[/p][/quote]Is that a Star Wars character? CJH
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1:49pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Lew Smoralz says...

CJH wrote:
Jabbadad wrote:
But Not the SP2.
Is that a Star Wars character?
Presumably Jabba meant HS2? However, I can think of a suitable title to match the SP2 initials!

The HS2 scheme is the work of the devil, and we need investment in local infrastructure instead. That should be the investment funding for the Northern Link and similar schemes around the country and where we rectify decades of under investment.

What use is HS2 to Worcester or most of the population across the country? It will just benefit the "rich boys" from Eton and Harrow.

As I don't have a trust fund to live on, I'd rather not pay out yet more money in taxes to benefit Cameron's privileged minority, thank you all the same.
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: But Not the SP2.[/p][/quote]Is that a Star Wars character?[/p][/quote]Presumably Jabba meant HS2? However, I can think of a suitable title to match the SP2 initials! The HS2 scheme is the work of the devil, and we need investment in local infrastructure instead. That should be the investment funding for the Northern Link and similar schemes around the country and where we rectify decades of under investment. What use is HS2 to Worcester or most of the population across the country? It will just benefit the "rich boys" from Eton and Harrow. As I don't have a trust fund to live on, I'd rather not pay out yet more money in taxes to benefit Cameron's privileged minority, thank you all the same. Lew Smoralz
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7:50pm Mon 18 Feb 13

mr_wilson15 says...

CJH wrote:
Jabbadad wrote:
But Not the SP2.
Is that a Star Wars character?
Jabbadad the Hutt??
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: But Not the SP2.[/p][/quote]Is that a Star Wars character?[/p][/quote]Jabbadad the Hutt?? mr_wilson15
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